Solicitation of funds from Grand Lodge of Texas AF & AM

Discussion in 'General Freemasonry Discussion' started by Blake Bowden, Jun 7, 2013.

  1. jvarnell

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    Man your on a roll today.
     
  2. Jericho2013

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    I guess I'm torn on this. I'm against a $15 mil. expansion but I do like the idea of having a grand lodge that looks grand to represent masonry in the state of Texas. It would be nice if it were in Houston because then I could see it. Of course the reality is that the masons themselves represent masonry in Texas. I certainly don't want to ever see local lodges hurting over the expanding bloat of the GLoT.
     
  3. Mac

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    Honestly, I think Baylor might consider buying the building. It's historic and could be made use of for new purposes, including performances or ceremonies possibly.


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  4. timgould

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    I agree that these ranting are fruitless. I find it disturbing that so many "masons" can openly disparage other Masons. They may be Grand Officers, but they are also Master Masons. I seem to remember something in the Master Mason obligation.... and these comments I find very inappropriate. I think for all of you out there that seems to have such a problem with our Grand Lodge, and it's current state, that YOU petition to join the Grand Lodge as a Leader so that you can direct your passion to help correct the problem. Otherwise, all this is only back biting, and defaming. And what is the point of that...masons? It's time now to MAN UP and be true Masons. Be part of the solution, or quiet yourself. Offer solutions to the GLoT with the respect they have earned and rightly deserve. You are embarrassing our fraternity by openly spouting off on this NON TILED forum.
     
  5. JD Price

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    I could not agree more


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  6. Traveling Man

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    Wow, I cannot believe that some individuals here are trying to stifle creative debate and conversation under the banner of "proper Masonic protocol".
    It would appear that it must have not become apparent that "we" as the fraternity "are" the grand lodge and the "elected" are our representatives. As if it has not become obvious, we are suggesting viable alternatives. The bottom line will be, we will vote with our wallets. We are suggesting practical alternatives, is there a problem with that?
    No one here is disparaging anyone in the grand lodge. These discussions do not have to be held in a tiled meeting or forum that in anyway stifles creativity. If the grand lodge does not receive the money, then the brethren have spoken. Small lodges that are in financial straights need not be strained to the breaking point to finance a white elephant that's barley used, and cannot accommodate the in rush when grand lodge is in session.
     
  7. JJones

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    Last I heard we've gotten about 200k this year out of the 8mil that's been projected (I also learned that 8 mil was a very conservative estimate). I'd second that the brothers are voting with their wallets.
     
  8. timgould

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    Personally I do not mind an open discussion. But if one reads through all these comments, one can see that many of these comments go beyond simple Brain storming or honest opinions. Those are the posts to which I take exception.
     
  9. Texan92

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    I for one travel through Waco not to Waco. Reasons why nothing to see that takes more than an hour. I do not mean to offend anyone in Waco. Something must and will be done and not all will like it. There are many options and we will have to decide.


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  10. Jericho2013

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    Just hearing from our secretary and treasurer the other day saying that we currently will be $1200 short this year changes my opinion about this. Our lodge building is a historical landmark being that it is the second oldest lodge in continuous operation in the state of Texas. Such a shame if we can't keep it going. I will be donating what I can.
     
  11. timgould

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    The Temple was also dedicated to as a Memorial to the WWII vets. Just heard about this in my stated Blue this past week by our DDGM.
     
  12. Mac

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    We're also talking about the current deficit. We are a shrinking organization and this building won't get any cheaper to maintain over time. It was a grand gesture, including its dedication to veterans, but a new more reasonable home building could be rededicated in its place.


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